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John Grimley
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(from Toby Hughes, 15.10.27):

 Hi guys,

As most of you know Trudy, my mum, passed away last Friday night.

We are going to have a memorial at the Cecil Community Centre (across from Grossman's) on Saturday Nov 7th 2-4pm and it wouldn't be right without a brass band.

We will play some hymns and spirituals in the centre and then parade to Grossman's Tavern for some beers and sing along with The Happy Pals.

I really think the bigger the band the better so let more players know please.

We will dress in white shirts, black pants, solid colour tie and black or dark sports jackets please (if cold a dark coat).

Mum loved New Orleans jazz and this is what she wanted. Tune list to follow.

Let me know if you can do this and thank you.


From: Toby Hughes [mailto:[email protected]]

October 28, 2015 at 9:17 AM Flag Quote & Reply

John Grimley
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Posts: 458

(From Chris Daniels, via Climax JB website, 15.11.09):

Wonderful, Stylish Farewell for Trudi Don -- Complete With Magnolia Brass Band.


Nine Children, 14 Grandchildren, one Great Grandchild and lots of friends.


There were tears and laughter and love everafter at Trudi Don's farewell Saturday November 7, 2 to 4pm. The Cecil Community Centre was packed with Trudi's large family and a huge number of her friends.

The augmented Magnolia Brass Band marched slowly into the hall and up to the stage playing the Old Rugged Cross.
Her adult children described their colourful upbringing in a loving, caring, musical environment, with lessons taught about respect and kindness, the importance of honesty and the occasional white lie.

Trudi was a whirwind at home, as a single mum managing the bustling household, making clothes, organizing meals and everything else for the brood and inviting strangers to share Christmas. For the nine children. birthdays made them the rule of the roost for the day. They were expected to be independent -- dinner table conversation covered everything from politics to music to ethics.

As well as a hectic family life, Trudi became involved with women's issues which culminated in her becoming head of the provincial Interval House program for endangered women. She worked tirelessly persuading local authorities all over the province to set up facilities to protect these women and their children.

There were some funny stories about forged school absentee notes, descriptions of Trudi's phenominal multitasking and then a video of Trudi describing how the children's names were chosen, which had everyone in stitches.

Finally Magnolia led the crowd outside to the lively strains of Lily of the Valley and they all marched east down Cecil Street to the corner, turned around and the happy procession marched back to Grossman's Tavern, already packed to the gills, where the celebration continued to the late evening.

After the procession ended, a light rain began to fall, and miraculously a huge beautiful rainbow appeared, arching the sky to the east. A heaven sent finale for a fine send-off for our good friend Trudi.


November 9, 2015 at 9:27 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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